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DIY Air Dry Clay Recipe

An easy recipe for homemade air-dry clay to use for Christmas ornaments, bowls, and other craft projects.
Keyword christmas, craft
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1.25 cup water


  • In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add all of the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  • Turn the heat down to low and boil gently, stirring constantly, until the liquid is gone and the consistency is like mashed potatoes.
  • Remove from heat and continue stirring while it cools down a couple of minutes.
  • As soon as you can handle it, plop it into a damp towel and shape it into a ball.
  • Wrap the ball in the damp towel to cool.
  • When you can handle the clay, knead it several times until smooth. Let cool in the damp towel or use it immediately.
  • Wrap it and store it when cooled if not using it right away.



The clay can be kept in airtight storage indefinitely (I haven't kept in longer then 5 days, though so can't speak to any longer than that time)